This picture was taken in 1996 on December 31st, in Tacoma, WA, near the home of the bride.
The happy couple: Trish and Jos Backus
- qmail checkpassword replacement
This Perl-based package implements virtual POP domains for qmail.
It is in production at a number of sites and its current form has gone without
major changes for quite a while, so I consider it to be fairly stable. If you
pick it up, I’d like to hear what you think of it. Suggestions for
improvement are welcome, of course.
MD5 (vqpop.tar.gz) = f6ed350b22ae6216756d6f777140b979
Last updated on December 11th, 1997.
- dirwatch watches a directory (or file) and runs a command when the
directory (or file) is written to. Uses the FreeBSD kqueue(2)
mechanism. The day after I wrote this, sysutils/wait_on was committed to the
FreeBSD ports tree, which does more or less the same thing.
- xxd.rb is a reimplementation in
Ruby of most of the xxd utility that ships
- openfiles.rb is a Ruby
script to list files remotely opened, analogous to the query option of the
command. It demonstrates the use of the
demonstrates the use of continuations and exceptions in
Ruby. In this example they are used together to
handle the reporting of errors in the caller of a set of nested method calls.
The example is purposefully kept simple to increase its tutorial value.
- dnsnotify.pl is a Perl
script used to send DNS NOTIFY packets to slave DNS content servers that
implement the NOTIFY protocol, such as BIND.
dns-notify is a Ruby version which requires a
version of Net::DNS
- A patch
for OpenSSH-3.4p1 which adds a configurable backoff/retry capability to the
ssh client. This is useful when running many ssh sessions in paralllel (e.g.
when doing remote updates). Some of the ssh sessions will fail because
ssh-agent can only service so many requests per second. This patch allows one
to specify the maximum number of retries as well as the maximum delay between
each retry attempt.
After applying the patch, see the README.agent-retry-patch file for details on
how to use it.
- A patch to OpenPackages
make to make it treat $^ as $>. This improves compatibility with GNU make
and thus the number of Makefiles it can interpret.
- A Ruby version of Sam Varshavchik’s
Net::CIDR module (version 0.11) for
Perl. Successfully executes the examples from the docs; test program
here. Not sure about the license.
Music (made with Reason)
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